Murder Suspect arrested for Violent Assaults in Oakland
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Written By: Jim Emerson
OAKLAND — Wilbert S. Winchester (28) allegedly committed murder and several violent assaults in Oakland, where he lives. Winchester is in custody ineligible for release on bond in connection with two attacks, pending a plea hearing on February 3rd.
Seventeen felony charges have been filed against Winchester this month. His charges include murder, attempted murder, use of a deadly weapon, and causing great bodily injury. In addition, he has unrelated active cases for a DUI and vandalism, according to court records.
Winchester allegedly murdered Dilma Franks-Spruill, a 71-year-old postal worker, on January 11th shortly after 12:30 a.m. The victim was found stabbed multiple times and pronounced dead on the 1500 block of Eighth Street.
Officers responded on January 9 shortly before 1 a.m. to the 3400 block of International Boulevard. Here they found a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds, but she survived her violent attack, allegedly committed by Winchester.
More charges against Winchester are possible. Oakland police said in a prepared statement. “Winchester is also being investigated in connection to several other violent assaults throughout Oakland.”
Winchester has previous prior arrests. He has a prior conviction involving assault and false imprisonment of an elderly victim: For this he was sentenced in 2018 to three years at San Quentin State Prison. He was also convicted and sentenced to probation in 2018 for battery on a transit passenger.